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Thumbs up, thumbs down

May 21, 1999

Thumbs Up!To the teachers, administrators and students at Hagerstown's Salem Avenue Elementary School, for the hard work that won it a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award.

Thumbs Up!To Sharon Palm and Karen Johnson, Boonsboro Elementary School teachers, for their decision to seek certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Thanks for holding yourselves to a higher standard.

Thumbs Up!To Doug Oliver, a Washington County government technical and support analyst, who found a way to fix Y2K problems in 96 computer terminals, saving the taxpayers $81,000. Thanks!

Thumbs down!To Kim Stacy, a reporter for the Owensboro, Kentucky Messenger-Inquirer, who fabricated stories of her battle with terminal brain cancer, and then when caught, said she had AIDS instead. A blood test shows she lied about that, too.

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Thumbs Up!To Northern Middle School students Jason Ferguson and Samuel Guy, who saved a classmate from choking by using the Heimlich maneuver. Thanks, guys!

Thumbs Up!To Charles Town, W.Va. officials, for offering city residents a chance to vote for a special tax that would add an extra officer in the city while hiking individuals' tax bills only $16 a year. That's a bargain.

Thumbs Up!To American Red Cross, for the memorial ceremony it held last Sunday at St. Joseph Church in Halfway, in honor of Korean War veterans, a group we should never forget.

Thumbs Up!To Maryland State Trooper Michael Kretzer, Sheriff's Deputy Richard Schleigh and the Hagerstown Street Crime Unit, for the work they did to win Optimist Club law enforcement officer of the year awards.

Thumbs Up!The South Jefferson Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind team, whose skills won them a trip to the world OM finals, the first by an Eastern Panhandle school.

Thumbs Up!To the member of the Hebron Mennonite Church, for taking part in an effort to bring relief supplies to refugees in the Kosovo area. They ship goods in buckets, which can be used to carry water, or as stools.

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